(ANSA) - Ragusa, July 17 - A 21-year-old unemployed man,
Mirko Bottari, has confessed to burning his stepfather alive at
home after the man refused to give him money, police said on
Bottari, who is hospitalized in the Sicilian town of Comiso
with first-degree and second-degree burns on his hands and legs,
reportedly killed his stepfather Vincenzo Arcidiacono Tuesday in
a violent fight over the man's refusal to give him money.
Arcidiacono, who was blind, worked as a phone operator at
the local hospital where Bottari is being treated.
"During questioning the young man confirmed he acted because
his stepfather had refused to give him money the previous day,"
the prosecutor investigating the case said.
The state attorney said the family's situation was "very
difficult and worsened by the young man's unemployment and his
constant demand for money".